The Raydio Ranch at Crystal Beach (Sleeps 6-8)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Crystal Beach house description
The Raydio Ranch is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath beach house about a one block walk from the beach. The house has a queen size bed in each bedroom. There is a daybed with a pull out trundle that will sleep two and a queen size sleeper sofa that also sleeps two. There is a spacious outside deck that allows for entertaining with both a covered and uncovered area for the sun worshippers. The house was completely remodeled and refurnished after Hurricane Ike. All linens, pillows, towels, dishes and complete cookware are furnished. There are a full size washer and dryer. There is a disposal, but sorry, no dishwasher in the modern kitchen complete with furnished bottled water for drinking and cooking. We have a 36' Sony Satellite TV with free HBO and Showtime movie channels as well as a DVD player. In the large garage below the house there are some beach toys for use by kids, some plastic chairs to take to the beach and very importantly an extra toilet. There is a large outside shower downstairs to get that beach sand off. Pets are welcome with an extra non-refundable fee per day per pet with a limit of only 2 dogs. The pet fee is $10 per day per pet.
- 1100 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Considered:
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (2) Queen bed in each of the bedrooms. There is a new queen size sofa/sleeper (1) in the living room that sleeps 2. Twin or Single Beds (2) which sleep 2. It is a single daybed with a mattress underneath that pulls out. It is comfortable and works especially well for kids....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- There is a large full bath upstairs in the house. Downstairs in the garage is a very nice new toilet in its own potty room. There is a large outdoor shower downstairs as well. We have a sink downstairs for washing up or cleaning fish. We also have a dog washing station complete with a leash hung from a rafter to secure your animal. It is a good idea to rinse the saltwater off your dog....moreless
Kitchen & Dining
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Garage below the house with an extra toilet, beach toys for kids use, extra 5 gallon bottles of water, extra propane tank for grill. Plastic chairs for sitting under the deck or taking to the beach....moreless
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- You will love Raydio Ranch.
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Very nice propane gas grill on the deck. Please move it out from under the covered area to use. Guests are expected to clean the grill after using it. There is an extra propane tank in the garage....moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Deepsea Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Massage Therapist
- Water Parks
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Our beach house called 'Raydio Ranch' is located in the Sandy Shores subdivision in the very middle of the 26 mile Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach, Texas. It is 13 miles to the free ferry that is operated year round by the Texas Department of Transportation. The ferry takes you across the bay to Galveston and its many attractions. Besides great restaurants, Galveston boasts The Schlitterbahn Water Park, The Strand, Moody Gardens, and its own tourist attractions. Raydio Ranch is also 13 miles to High Island the highest point on the Texas Gulf Coast in an area that is world renown for its birdwatching. Raydio Ranch is located a short 1 block walk from the beach which is the main attraction at Crystal Beach. You can swim, fish, look for shells, jog, catch some rays, people watch or just hang out with a cool one. There are multiple restaurants on the peninsula as well at the Gulf Coast Market, better known as 'The Big Store'. There you can find everything from groceries to a toilet seat to a TV to a bathing suit to t-shirts to all manner of souvenirs. The best thing about the area is that it is a great place to enjoy a quiet vacation for just a couple or a whole family. Try it, you'll like it. ...moreless
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Very nice beach cottage in quiet neighborhood
Very nice beach cottage in quiet neighborhood
We just spent 3 nights and completely enjoyed our stay. The owner was extremely accommodating and friendly. If you are looking for a beautiful beach near Houston but away from the crowded Galveston area this is the place. Home is a few hundred yards from beach access so you can walk or for a fee you can drive and park on the beach. The home was extremely clean and comfortable and with well supplied kitchen. Our dogs were welcomed (for a reasonable additional fee). The steps upstairs were a bit challenging for older dogs but we managed. The "Big Store" is just a mile up the road and has EVERYTHING you could possible need, (except fresh seafood). We definitely will consider returning. Thumbs up for Raydio Ranch.
- Guest brian i.
- Date of stay 11/21/13
- Review Submitted 11/27/13
Recommended for: Pet owners, age 55+, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Our stay was wonderful! Jim was very nice also! We had everything we needed and were very comfortable! We will definately go back! Great for a family vacation! Its about a block from the beach but its not a bad walk! We all loaded up in the back of the truck and made it in one trip! We enjoyed Raydio Ranch very much and look foward to going again!
- Guest Amber (Port Neches, Texas US)
- Date of stay 10/18/13
- Review Submitted 10/29/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
My husband and I just recently spent the weekend with our son and his lovely bride at the Raydio Ranch. This was an awesome place to stay! The listing description and photos just don't do it justice. It was better than we expected. This property was very well maintained and clean! The owner was great to work with. His instructions and directions were very clear. We regret that our trip was so short. We would have loved to stay longer. Everything was perfect! We didn't want for anything, only more time. This house was very comfortable and very inviting. We will definitely plan a longer stay next time and recommend this property to our friends and relatives. Thank you, Jim!
- Guest Dianna H. (Where do you live?)
- Date of stay 10/11/13
- Review Submitted 10/16/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Some friends and I rented this cabin for the weekend and it was everything we could've hoped for! The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen was clean and stocked, and the huge patio was a great place to relax at night. The owner's were very friendly and answered questions/concerns promplty. The biggest plus was that they allowed pets. We'll definitely keep this cabin in mind for next year.
- Guest Jonathan (Houston, TX)
- Date of stay 10/04/13
- Review Submitted 10/10/13
Recommended for: Pet owners, families with young children.
Just like it said they have everything you need for your stay. Very clean. Very nice. Literally the only thing I needed was a pickle jar for the bacon grease. Awesome! We will be renting this one again, and we have already suggested this one to our friends and family.
- Guest Mommy Carmen (Houston, Tx)
- Date of stay 09/16/13
- Review Submitted 09/25/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing.
Labor Day Weekend 2013
Labor Day Weekend 2013
Had a great time at Raydio Ranch. The cabin was perfect for our annual Labor Day weekend with family & friends. The cabin was in a great neighborhood with friendly neighbors. We had all the essentials of home. Loved having towels & sheets supplied and the kitchen had all the "tools" we needed for cooking. Enjoyed sitting out on the deck...talking, laughing and waving at the neighbors. Very nice and relaxed weekend. Looking forward to next year! Thanks Jim...it was home away from home :)
- Guest Christel C. (Groves, TX)
- Date of stay 08/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/09/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
BEST LITTLE BEACH HOUSE IN TEXAS
BEST LITTLE BEACH HOUSE IN TEXAS
The Raydio Ranch blew me away...above and beyond my expectations! The place was spacious and clean, the provided amenities were just as described, the rental fee was reasonable (no hidden fees or last minute charges), and the owner, Jim, was a delight to work with! There were so many other rentals that required the renter to provide everything from towels to bed linens...The Raydio Ranch provided it all and then some!! If I didn't recommend this property to anyone it would only be because I want it all to myself. THANK YOU JIM and THANK YOU RAYDIO RANCH!!
- Guest Raydio Rancher (KCMO USA)
- Date of stay 08/04/13
- Review Submitted 08/12/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children.
The property was well maintained and equipped. If you wanted to find something to complain about, it would have to be the beach was too long of a walk and you wanted a golf cart. But we got a parking sticker and took our car on the beach. No problem at all and had a great time.
- Guest John (United States)
- Date of stay 07/26/13
- Review Submitted 08/06/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
comfortable, clean, convenient, will return
- Guest Terry (San Leon Tx)
- Date of stay 07/28/13
- Review Submitted 08/02/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.
A beautiful home!
A beautiful home!
My family of 7 and 2 dogs had a blast while staying in this home! Mr. Ray was a pleasure to rent from and I highly reccomend staying in this home! What a relaxing place!
- Guest debbie-do (Red Oak, TX)
- Date of stay 07/09/13
- Review Submitted 07/16/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 - Sep 15
2 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Check in time is 4 PM. Check out time is 11 AM. Late check out times can be arranged if property is not rented the day you depart. We use a combination lockbox for the key. The code is changed frequently. We send you the code just prior to your rental period. Assuming all is well, we return the deposit the week following your stay. Email is best for a quick response, but phone calls are ok.
We accept cash, personal checks, cashier checks and money orders.
We do not accept credit cards. There is a $250 refundable security/damage deposit to reserve the house. Full payment of all rental fees is required 4 weeks prior to rental dates. Cancellation prior to 4 weeks before your stay will result in a full refund. Your deposit is forfeited with less than 4 weeks notice of cancellation.
- Pet Fee: $10
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $250
- Cleaning fee: $50
- Taxes Included
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- Nearest Airport: Hobby Airpport, Houston, TX at 45 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Bolivar-Galveston, Free Ferry operated by TXDOT at 13 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: TX HWY 87 at 0.5 Miles
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: We purchased Raydio Ranch in June of 2004 and immediately enjoyed the fantastic Bolivar Peninsula fireworks displays for hours on end on the 4th of July. We lived in Beaumont at that time and eventually spent nearly every weekend 'at the beach'. I enjoy salt water fishing especially in the surf. But we also enjoyed riding the golf cart on the beach and socializing with our friends and family who often came with us or to visit. Our Labrador Retriever will just about go crazy when he realizes where he is. Dogs usually love playing in the water.
Why the Owner Chose Crystal Beach:
I semi-retired in 2011 after 50 years in the radio business (hence the name 'Raydio Ranch') and we moved from Beaumont back to Austin where we had previously lived for more than 30 years. We love the beach house, our neighbors, the slow pace and great weather at the beach. However it is a much longer trip now from Ausitn and we don't come as often as we did when we were in Beaumont and only 55 minutes away door to door. We had never rented the house before and only a few times let relatives or very close friends use it. So we decided to share it with others and renting it enables us to still use it and enjoy the beach from time to time.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
One of the best things about Raydio Ranch is that it is located in Sandy Shores. Most all of the houses have been rebuilt since Hurricane Ike. It is the most friendly first class subdivision on the Bolivar Penninsula. There are always social events going on in the 'hood' as it is called. The full time residents and the weekenders blend together seemlessly and everyone is very helpful to each other. All the partying is usually over way before midnight. No wild all night college kids around Sandy Shores. Lay around or fish on the beach. Let your kids build sand castles. Sit out on the deck and enjoy the sunset. Put up and take in the flag. Use the first rate gas grill to fix that great meal after a long day at the beach. You will love Crystal Beach, Sandy Shores and Raydio Ranch.
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Raydio Ranch as seen from across the street.
View toward beach from the deck of Raydio Ranch.
Kitchen with stainless refrigerator, microwave and bottled water.
.Queen bed in bedroom #2
.View of bathroom, bedroom #1, sofa bench with extra stools for seating.
.Front door with covered gas grill.
Living area with two comfortable recliners.
.Queen bed in bedroom #1
Living area with Sony 36 &quot; Flat Screen Wega with Direct Satellite TV.
View of daybed. Twin mattress underneath serves as additional bed.
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